January 22nd, 2016

 ‘So, can you read my mind?’ is always the first thing that anyone says when they find out I’m doing a psychology degree, guaranteed. Nope, I will never be able to read your mind, but sometimes it can be a fun game to play along with the remark. My younger sister’s favourite is ‘you must [...]

Buying a car

December 8th, 2015

 Recently, after a long period of saving from every pay day, I bought a new car. In the process of buying a car, I realised that it’s not very common to walk into a car yard on the first day of deciding to buy a new car, and pick one that you want straight away. [...]

Stop – Hurry Time

October 12th, 2015

“Okay, so I’ve got time to schedule milkshakes with you in between going to the gym and that meeting on Thursday, but I’ll only be able to stay for 45 minutes in order to make it back in time. Na, that works best because I’m flat out the week after”. I was reading somewhere recently [...]

I’ll drink to that! Or will I?

October 12th, 2015

Alcohol consumption has become quite a prominent part of Australian culture over many decades. I can remember being so close to 18 and being so excited to be able to have my first ‘’legal drink’’ and go out to pubs and clubs. Anyone else know that feeling? But now that I am older and over [...]

‘Does anyone want to play a game?’

September 14th, 2015

‘Does anyone want to play a game?’ is a semi-common phrase in our house. Whether it be Balderdash, Scattergories, or Monopoly (which only comes out on family holidays longer than 3 days and my brother wins regardless of what else happens in the game), we gather around the table after dinner and play a few rounds. [...]

Promotion Demotion

July 10th, 2015

Working in promotions and entertainment is a fun filled and atmospheric job. It is a bright and exciting line of work that allows you to attend cool events, meet wonderful people and participate in some pretty awesome networking while you are at work. But, there is one thing that has always bothered me about working [...]

The Before Travel Plans

July 2nd, 2015

It’s 1:48pm. In 4 hours, I will get on a plane and fly to Melbourne, wait there for a number of hours, jump on another plane for a little over 9 hours, arrive in Hong Kong, then repeat all over again until I’m in Taiwan by this time tomorrow. I’m fortunate in the fact that [...]

Wandering Heart

June 24th, 2015

Wanderlust: a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world. Once you get a taste of travel, it sparks a desire for more into your DNA. Living overseas is like living in fantasy land. Everything is new and exciting, and the people you meet have stories to tell and experiences [...]

Modern day youth and their involvement in the community.

March 31st, 2015

The other day I was sitting down with my local youth group (of which I’m a member of over 5 years) and we were discussing how to recruit new members and we had to seriously think how to encourage the younger people in our town to join because their priorities aren’t the same as ours [...]

Doing something new

March 25th, 2015

For something to be new, it is to be novel or unfamiliar (Merriam Webster Dictionary). By definition, doing something new means doing something that you aren’t used to, or something different – and that can be scary. Whether it be your first day in a new class, at the hockey club, or at a new [...]

Hosting an exhange student

March 19th, 2015

Our German exchange student was only 15 (turning 16) when he came and stayed with us. “We will only take him for a couple of weeks while you find a more permanent home,” Mum had told the company. Well, that worked well….when the agency called back a couple of weeks later, Mum renegotiated because she [...]

Online Friends vs “Real Life” Friends

March 4th, 2015

All my life I’ve been an avid video gamer, ever since my mum bought my sisters and me a Nintendo 64 at a Car-Boot Sale back in the years before touch screens, Ipads and Candy Crush Saga was a “thing”.  As my experiences went from Nintendo 64 to Playstation 2 to PSP to Playstation 3/Xbox [...]

House Rules

November 26th, 2014

I am almost positive that at least once throughout your student life you will get to experience living with housemates. Before moving the States I had been sharing with some friends of mine from high school and things weren’t too bad, yes we had our ups and downs but we made it work. This year [...]

The Gift of You

November 19th, 2014

Something I have learnt lately is that you never really discover who you are until you are completely removed from the comfort of home and placed in an entirely new reality. For the past four months I have been living in the United States and working for one of the most prestigious companies in the [...]

DearHolly If I could talk to my 13 year old self…

July 11th, 2014

We are very pleased to have a guest blog post by Jessica Barlow of the DearHolly Project -   -   – How many times have you wished that you could hit rewind and try everything all over again? If you’re anything like me, I’m willing to bet that the number in your head is spiraling into [...]

Fearing the Muzungu

May 27th, 2014

Recently I spent some time in Africa doing medical clinics in rural villages. One of the things we experience repeatedly was little children (who had only ever seen their dark-skinned neighbours) being terrified of us white-skinned ‘muzungu’ (white person). You could see the terror in their eyes and screams as we tried to interact with [...]

Who are you – but those around you?

May 21st, 2014

Being a human is a constant battle of identity development – deciding who you are going to be, what you are going to do. It can be a real challenge trying to ‘be’ the right person, and figuring out how to go about this process at all. Last night I heard a quote that confronted [...]

How to: Schedule Life In

May 13th, 2014

*If anyone freaks out partway through, you can jump ahead to the bottom – but try and read through the rest J 1. Take a blank piece of paper. Stare at it a bit, turn it round, scrumple it up, unfold it, and flatten it out. Now you have an accurate canvas to start with, [...]

Music – finding a common ground

May 5th, 2014

As a US-native 20-something living in Australia for the first time, Tune In Not Out (TINO) struck me as a resource which I intuitively understood, and have never seen the likes of before. The ‘Tune Your Mood’ page with its interactive playlists and ability to talk about what the music does for you [...]

When worlds collide

April 22nd, 2014

As a sociology student, I’ve learnt about societal norms – things that are accepted as normal within society. Part of this concept is the fact that sub-cultures (e.g. mini groups of people) in society may have different ‘normals’ to the big culture – and as you can guess, this can cause issues. I’ve discovered this [...]

Equal Community Part 2

April 15th, 2014

If you missed it, here is part one of my blog series on creating an equal community. White supremacy in Australia only involves a small number of people. There is no current information about the size of the white supremacy movement in Australia. However, white supremacy groups are active in Australia and being involved with [...]

Breaking Down the Door Day

April 11th, 2014

  Arno Bay has a population of just 220 people. Dayna has lived there her whole life and says she’s probably related to half the people in town. Dayna’s proud to be a young woman from the country but there was one thing about life in Arno Bay that wasn’t sitting right with her.

Equal Community – Part 1

April 8th, 2014

I’m in my early twenties and currently studying at University. I am also a volunteer research assistant with Exit White Power, a project run by All Together Now that aims to offer an alternative view for Australians who are considering joining white nationalist movements. I’m writing this to share what I have learnt during my [...]

Becoming Me

January 6th, 2014

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someones inability to see your self worth. Throughout school, I was liked by everyone. I was the quiet, community orientated girl who would do anything for anyone…essentially, I done what I was told. As I never wanted to stand out or like things that other people didn’t, I started [...]

Ready, Set, Go

December 27th, 2013

Once in a while in our lives, we feel like we lose our sense of direction; not in a literal sense but in a sense where we experience that feeling of having nowhere to go or not knowing which way to go from here. Personally, I’ve had that experience before and it was not very [...]

Dreaming of Africa

December 19th, 2013

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to go to Africa. Don’t ask me why. It was just something I had grown up wanting to do, but somewhere in the business of high school and university I forgot about it, and focus became on passing subjects, making enough money to survive another week, and [...]

My somewhat delayed Travel Story! (Part 1)

December 13th, 2013

So, as you know from my first blog post a while back, I am the Australian Leo of the Year for 2013-14. This requires an awful lot of travelling and a constantly cheery disposition, and can be exhausting BUT, it has been an amazing journey and I am happy to be it with you all [...]

End Of The Year Cheer!

November 22nd, 2013

The end of the year is fast approaching! We are nearly half way through November and December is looming just around the corner, which means Christmas and New Years are just a tick away! Are you in panic mode yet wondering what to get people for Christmas? Or are you trying to decide how to [...]

Immerse Yourself- Say yes to an international experience!

October 24th, 2013

Culture is something we can all be proud of. Being an Australian I enjoy a good barbeque, the beach, a game of cricket with my mates, dressing up ridiculously on Australia Day and singing the national anthem at the top of my lungs no matter where I am! Being Australian is something I am truly [...]

The Great Job Juggle

August 4th, 2013

Having a part time job is a great thing. No matter where you work you can earn some extra dollars to pay for living expenses, or maybe just use your income to support a hobby or your shop-a-holic syndrome, whilst working as a team and extended your social and professional network. I, myself, have three [...]

Speaking Out

June 13th, 2013

As part of Men’s Health week we welcome Jake to our blog, writing for us the first time this week… As a writer, ambassador for equal rights and advocate of mental health; I’m often asked about how I can be so opinionated and unafraid to say what’s bothering me or what’s on my mind. I [...]

Thinking of travelling to the UK?

May 2nd, 2013

Thinking about travelling to the UK for longer than a couple of weeks? Maybe for a few months or even a few years? I moved to the UK last year and I want to share what I know. Passport and Visa If you are planning to work or study, make sure you have a visa. [...]

How to be unemployed and meaningful

March 18th, 2013

I studied for about eighteen consecutive years before I decided that I would take some time off. Study had been all I’d ever known, and for the most part, I was pretty good at it. But in my fourth year of my degree, I realised that (for various reasons) I was no longer passionate about [...]

Living a balanced life

February 19th, 2013

TINO has a really great Topic page dedicated to health and wellbeing. It talks about some ways to live and be healthy, and I recommend the factsheet by Reach Out which you will find on the page in particular. But there’s more to being healthy than just diet and exercise (though those can’t be overlooked). [...]

New year, new you?

January 15th, 2013

3…2….1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! We all know the sound of the iconic new year’s countdown that greets us as ten seconds to midnight on December 31st every year. The dawn of a new year can bring hope and happiness to people all around the world. For some it can mean a fresh start and a second [...]

Attention job seekers!

December 13th, 2012

It’s the summer holidays and you want to go out but you need money. You don’t want to ask your parents because they’d get annoyed at you so what do you do? Get a job, perhaps? Getting a casual or part-time job is one step to proving to your parents that you can take care [...]

I said do you speak-a my language?

November 28th, 2012

I wanted to travel from the moment I understood distance. As a 5 year old I was begging my parents to take me to Africa to see lions and elephants (at this point I didn’t understand expense). Growing up the destination list kept expanding until at the age of 11, Italy was my number one [...]

Things I Wish I Knew in High School

November 20th, 2012

Something strange has been happening to me since I entered my twenties. I constantly find myself thinking “I wish I knew that when I was in high school.” Not so much about things like how to write a good essay or how to get good marks, but things about life and relationships. Here in this [...]

Isn’t that old persons disease?

November 13th, 2012

This is a question I’m asked commonly and the answer is no. I’m 16 and live with Juvenile Oligoarticular Arthritis and Hypermobility. This means that I’m a young person with a condition that can cause pain, inflammation, fever and rashes in less than 5 of my joints at any one time. The hypermobility means that [...]

Leaving the nest

November 12th, 2012

We all (well most of us) reach a point of our adolescent or adult life when it is time to move out of home. How scary does that sound?! For some we may decide at about 18 years old, maybe younger, or at 30 to finally take the giant leap of faith and find our [...]

The power of a smile

November 2nd, 2012

Have you ever heard the saying sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can rise up? I have because I was someone who hit rock bottom and needed to rise up. I was for such a long time a very angry person who did not appreciate the world, I had no respect and [...]

A note on following your dreams…

October 11th, 2012

Most people, by the time they are old enough to be classified as ‘youth’, will have been told or asked to set goals – or at least to consider doing so. Five-year goals, ten-year goals. Before-you-die goals. I, unfortunately, have always had a problem with setting goals. Even if I didn’t have my health getting [...]

P Plate Pleasure

August 24th, 2012

As we get older we begin to receive more and more independence and become responsible for our own lives and our own decisions. And that independence comes with the exciting privilege to be able to receive your Provisional license. Yes, the thought of holding a license is extremely exhilarating, but is also a big responsibility, [...]

A Cultural Experince

August 20th, 2012

Have you ever dared to wonder what it would be like to live in a stranger’s house away from your friends, family and most importantly away from your country? It sounds scary right? But have you ever wondered what it would be like to take someone into your home in your country and be able [...]

Flatmate Finances

July 30th, 2012

When it comes to flying the nest and renting a place of our own, often a shared house is one of the first steps. Finding housemates can range from the best of friends to people you don’t even know yet. Either way one thing you have to sort is the good old money money money [...]

The Final Count Down

July 17th, 2012

As adolescents it is a legal requirement that we attend school until of course we reach grade 10 and you reach a fork in the road…. enter full time work and leave, or stay until grade 12. Tough decision, correct? But most of us stay on and battle the final and senior years of schooling [...]

The Juggling Act of a Young Carer

June 5th, 2012

When I think of young carers, I like to picture covert agents sneaking in and out of situations with that Hollywood style grace. I imagine superhuman leaps between school and home, getting the person that they care for out of bed, dressed and fed while finishing the assignment that was forgotten the night before. But [...]

The Winter Chills

June 1st, 2012

It’s that time of year again! The air is getting colder, mornings are getting darker, the breeze is chillier and the heater is cranking at full speed, so we all know what that means… It’s Winter! Winter is a wonderful time of year for those who enjoy the cold, but can be the pinnacle of [...]

Buying a New Car

May 7th, 2012

Your own wheels – the freedom, the independence how fantastic. Setting out to buy your first car is so exciting. That car buys itself a firm place in your fond memories for evermore. I know I loved my Blue Fiat Uno despite its regular breakdowns and minimum street cred appeal. So what do you need [...]

Making Ideas a Reality

April 30th, 2012

So you have many great ideas (toast topped with butter, peanut butter and then butter again is considered a hot one in our house) but this new idea you have is making your stomach burn and your mind excited. This idea might be a business idea, or it might be an idea to make a [...]

Party Planner Extraordinaire

March 28th, 2012

    Test passed, footie team won, cats birthday? Whatever the reason you may be considering hosting a party at your place – good idea – bad idea? We take a look at the pro’s and con’s. A night to remember Hold a night to remember and you will be the hostess with the mostess [...]

Risk or Recklessness?

November 3rd, 2011

In today’s blog our Youth Blogger Jess gives us an opinion piece about taking risks where alcohol and other drugs are concerned. Have a read and let us know what you think by leaving a comment and joining the conversation. It’s one thing to take chances. But when does risk end, and recklessness begin? Teenage [...]

Choosing happiness – socks off style

July 13th, 2011

When was the last time you were content? Think back to that memory, and ask yourself if you were truly happy in that moment, or if you were perhaps thinking of something else at the time? Do you live in the moment? If not, why not? Young people are one of the easiest targets for [...]

Big Kids, Unite!

May 16th, 2011

(and make some noise!) I must have missed the memo growing into adolescence, because I cannot imagine anything I would rather do LESS with friends than go out drinking. I don’t drink myself (being afraid of drugs that alter my state of consciousness, legal, medical or not, but that’s another story) and I don’t really [...]

Drink, Drink: Drunk

March 10th, 2011

Today I spent the entire day on the bathroom floor. Hovering between life and certain death I silently prayed my housemate would be be kind enough to wash the vomit from my hair before he called whoever it is you call when someone dies. “Why Why Why do I this to myself?” I wept into [...]